Oscar Pistorius to contest appeal

FILE PICTURE: South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius drools on October 17, 2014 during his sentencing hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius could be jailed for 10 years or return to serve house arrest on October 21, 2014 when he will be sentenced for killing model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Lawyers for paralympian Oscar Pistorius will on Friday appeal the court decision allowing the State to appeal his culpable homicide conviction.

Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the State’s application to appeal Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction, but dismissed its application to appeal his five-year jail sentence.

The State wants him to be convicted on the more serious charge of murder. In September, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for shooting dead his model and law-graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He fired four shots through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day 2013, apparently thinking she was an intruder. He was jailed for five years.

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